Author: ShimmySistah

Pride and Pulchritude in Toney, AL

Pride and Pulchritude in Toney, AL

Few know this about me, but before I became a doctor, I worked for the United States Department of Agriculture. This means I’ve appraised every John Deere tractor there ever was, and I’ve definitely seen my fair share of farms. Some of my adventures include […]

Shimmy Sistah Takes a Chance

Shimmy Sistah Takes a Chance

No, No, and No again! I did NOT take a chance on ♥, but if falling in holy matrimony with Chance the Rapper counts, then so be it! So besides mastering Buddha Bowls and working out 5 days per week, one of my New Year’s Resolutions […]

13 Things to Expect When You Become a Doctor

13 Things to Expect When You Become a Doctor

Your name has been announced. You begin your stroll – shaking hands with both the Prez and Provost as your excessively long dissertation title flashes across the Jumbotron. Then the unthinkable happens…your Chairman hoods you. Surreal, right? But now what? What should you expect after you’ve turned your tassel?

Thankfully I’ve been a doctor for around 1.5 years now, so I’m pretty much an expert on all things P-H-and D. That being said, keep reading to find out the 13 things to expect when you become a doctor!

1. Everyone Believes You

…and I mean EVERYONE! Saying something ridiculous never sounded so credulous until folks know you’re a doctor! For instance, I’ve told plenty of white lies about the economy, elaborated a tad on business practices, and even cited a few alternative facts when referencing all things fiscal. Has anyone ever noticed, however? Heck no! They take what I say as valid and skip along their merry little way! 😉

2. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Aretha wins the Spelling Bee, but I reap the benefits!

Remember exchanging business cards with those big whigs in positions you vied to acquire? Remember how you’d reach out to them because they seemed so darn friendly and practically pinky swore they’d assist with all of your concerns? Remember finally getting the courage to make that call or backspacing dozens of times in that drafted email, making sure your eloquence shined through? Remember never hearing from them again?

Well, now YOU get approached! People take YOUR business cards to later send YOU emails with their most inquisitive inquiries!!! Basically, you receive respect…much needed and quite overdue, I might add – but respect nonetheless!

3. You Get Questioned…LOTS

Maybe it’s because of all of those white lies I’ve littered during small talk, or maybe it’s because people simply like to make sure you are, in fact, smarter than the average bear. Either way, you get questioned out the wa-zoo once you toss that tam!

How many times have I been questioned about my undergrad or MBA degrees? Zilch. Simply zilch. But the digits reach around 275,000 as far as getting bombarded with questions from folks either acting like they know more about my degree than I do or making sure I know my degree since I have a sheet of paper that says I do.

Now don’t get me wrong, for the most part, I really don’t mind, but when it’s to the point of them growing Alex Trebeck’s mustache in efforts to give me the 3rd degree about my 3rd degree, feelings of angst arise within! In other words…be prepared!

4. To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected

One of my engineering buddies once told me, “Jaz, we are gonna expect a whole lot out of you now that you’re becoming a doctor, so don’t expletive up!” I laughed in response, not realizing his words would ring truer than those white lies I sometimes tell! 😉

People’s expectations of how you portray yourself in and out of the classroom, within the workplace, and even out-n-about, are oftentimes raised once you cross that ‘hooded’ threshold. And honestly, they should be! Not everyone has your title (only around 1.77% of the population does), so giving your all in the most reputable way possible kinda comes with the territory.

5. …but you’re a DOCTOR!

I’m telling you now, from this day forward, your concentration doesn’t matter. My family, friends, subscribers, and even YOU know I’m an Economic Developer, yet whenever someone has a rash, needs advice, or can’t figure out why the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain, they expect ME to know the answer!

And the outcries you’ll receive when you kindly guide them to Google…just smh! They begin with “…but you’re a doctor…” and they end with an unsatisfied grunt! You just can’t win! 😉

6. You’re Broke

Okay, so I’m not broke per se, but I’m not DJ Khaled rich either! I’m somewhere in the middle where Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo reside – lurking and waiting on their cut!

Most doctors graduate expecting their 6-Figure ration, and most of them will receive their portion. But for those who don’t, your friends will continue to think otherwise regardless! You’ll receive taunts about how much they THINK you make and what all you can and are supposed to purchase with all of this parmesan you’re making. Don’t go around showing them your pay stub and certainly don’t cave in. Just hold your pockets strong and continue making reasonable and cost-effective decisions!

7. What Struggle Bus?

Those sleepless nights filled with hours of derivatives; the indescribable stresses of having to take two 4-hour Comprehensive Exams; the anxiety of realizing that rho, chi, and xi mean much more than probates and frat parties. Yeah, I can’t recall! 😛

They seem vague to me, but for some odd reason, my mother happens to have some pretty vivid memories of me sobbing about considering quitting my program and complaining about the aforementioned above.

Don’t believe this will happen to you? Think again! Every now and then, you are going to be reminiscing on your academic matriculation and you’re going to make it seem as though it was the easiest yet! …that’s until someone comes to steal your 3-striped thunder and reminds you of the hurdles you jumped and mountains you had to climb in order to be the awesome person you are today!

8. Never Stop Learning

I’ve heard this quip time and time again, but never did I think I’d apply it to my life after my doctorate – especially after all those readings! 😛 As a matter of fact, I used to tell people that the only thing I ever wanted to read after graduation was a fashion magazine article with typically 450 words or less!

Most of you will express the same sentiments once you’ve strutted the stage, degree in hand, but the truth of the matter is, you won’t EVER stop learning! Whether it’s insight from your colleagues or a few takeaways from that NY Times Bestseller, you will never stop cultivating your mind as well as the minds of others!

9. Academic Advocate

Getting your doctorate isn’t easy, but you’re going to incessantly convince others that it is! I mean, it makes sense, right? Having them go through 10+ years of schooling, confuse APA with MLA, and survive on stipends is the only logical option when pursuing one’s dreams! Be sure to leave those parts out of the story though! 😉

10. Impress Yourself

Not to be mixed up with ‘express yourself,’ impress yourself is a bit different and in a world all its own!

During speaking engagements and even in casual convo, you’re going to sprout at the mouth and leave everyone, including yourself, speechless. Don’t be alarmed, however! This is typical considering how much you’ve studied. Just simply strap up, sit back, and let your degree do the talking!

11. Modesty is the Best Policy

Contrary to forgetting your struggles but similar to impress yourself, you will be a tad modest at times.

People are ALWAYS reminding me to introduce myself as Dr. Jazmine. Am I forgetful – as in “do I ever forget that I’m a doctor?” Never! On the other hand, do I want to be deemed pretentious? Hmmm, not really! 🙂

The thing you and I must realize, however, is that it doesn’t sounds pretentious at all and should actually be shouted from the rooftops and celebrated NON-STOP!

“I am Dr. Jazmine, hear me ROAR!”

(something to that effect!) 😉

12. Cat-Nap Anyone?

Those days of napping from 10 am to 1 pm and tanning from 2:30 pm till 4 pm just to be ready for class by 6 pm are OVER! You’re a big kid now and the daily 9 to 5 grind beckons! Are you going to answer the call? Well, if you have Sallie Mae on the other line, then you just may! 😉

But seriously, I miss my leisure lifestyle of studying during dusk, brunching during dinner, and belly dancing the night away and I’m sure you will too! In the event you miss it too much, just become a professor so your vay-kay never ends!

13. You Can and Will Change the World

Okay, I admit anyone can change the world. Doctors do it better though! 😉


So who else is a doctor? What’s your concentration? What other oddities have you encountered since you’ve graduated? Leave your stories below! I can’t wait to indulge!

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully 

♥ Shimmy’s Life Updates ♥

♥ Shimmy’s Life Updates ♥

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Why Your Face is Breaking Out | How to Fix It

Why Your Face is Breaking Out | How to Fix It

My mommy told me to give y’all a break on the reading and give y’all some visuals instead! Therefore, I’ve decided to be nice and attach some pics and my YT video below! But before you go scrolling down and clicking on it like crazy, […]

◊ Shimmy’s 2016 Christmas List ◊

◊ Shimmy’s 2016 Christmas List ◊

Shimmy's 2016 Christmas List

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus…and I got jealous. 🙁 So to make myself feel better, I’ve decided to selfishly make my 2016 Christmas List with hopes of at least hugging an elf or two! 😉

Shimmy's 2016 Christmas List

If you, too, are obsessed with all things shiny and rose gold this season, comment below because I swear, I can’t be the only one! But even if I am, who cares? These metallic shades are nothing short of fantastic! With their glistening golden undertones, I’m sure each item will add the perfect glimmer to any outfit they are paired with! Nevertheless, enough of my chatter, let’s hope right into this list so ya’ll can learn more about each item and where you can cop your own and maybe one for me too this holiday! 😉

1. 1Facewatch

Telling time never looked so stylish! With a reflective screen, perfect for checking your lip liner and baby hairs, this watch is the epitome of timeless!

Of course, the stark white with rose gold trim make me squeal internally, but what really gets me going are the plethora of other colors offered by 1Facewatch. They offer tons of hues from red, turquoise, and even pink too! 😉 But that’s not it!

Yes, with so many colors, your matching possibilities are virtually endless; however, while you look modish yet trendy too, you’re also doing a good deed as well.

You see, each color represents an economic development issue experienced by many at home and abroad. For instance, purchasing yellow supports education, thus providing 73 days of schooling to children in need while black represents cancer and the support for at least 8 cancer patients. Pretty cool, eh? Who knew philanthropy could look so chic?

2. Chuck Taylor Ox Metallic Leather Converses

 The grunge, rebel-hearted, and vintage album cover lovers are usually the ones you see sporting Chucks, but cover them with hints of blush and glints of gold and you’ll have every girlie-girl pining over them!

With their signature rubber soles and cap toe, these classics are the ultimate casually chic sneak. You seriously can’t go wrong and neither will Santa if he shimmies down my chimney with these in tow! 🙂

3. Hamsa Pendant

Warding off evil shouldn’t just be a “thing” during the holidays especially with those same cranky shoppers lurking around ready to snatch the last Dior lippie off Sephora shelves on the daily. Thankfully, with Santa stuffing our stockings with this beautiful pendant, we’ll be able to ward off ALL evil ALL year long! Not to mention complimenting our belly dance costume ensemble – this pendant has that perfect shimmer and supplemental sparkle to make any collar bone bling!

4. Betsey Johnson’s Udderly Delish Milk Carton Purse

Yoohoo can’t compare and Mayfield does it NO justice. This milk chocolatey handbag is Grade A, 2% skim, and 100% organic – meaning, it’s pretty much a BIG deal! Because let’s face it, whether it’s powdered, condensed, pasteurized, or half-n-half, Betsey truly outdid herself on this one!

I’ve been eyeing this tall glass of moo-juice for quite some time now. From taking screenshots to checking its availability and even constantly sending its caption to my mother, I just couldn’t get enough! I was simply parched and couldn’t WAIT to take a sip!

Hopefully, Santa quenches my thirst and stuffs it under my big spruce this year because if he doesn’t, I’ll be one angry heifer and NO ONE wants that! 😉


Did my list have the Midas Touch or what? If you ask me, I’d say it surely did! Be sure to list what y’all want for Christmas or what you’re intending to buy for your loved ones. I’m going to go back to stuffing my face with this chicken marsala as I binge on Home Alone 2! I love you all! 😀

Happy Holidays, Shimmies!

Remember to Live Life, Beautifully 

Shimmy Sistah


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